Jesper Svensson (SWE) Victorious During the Men’s IRONMAN VR3 Pro Challenge

April 19, 2020

- Nearly 33,000 athletes from 139 nations registered to compete in IRONMAN VR3 with numbers growing throughout the weekend - 75,000 people from around the globe have now joined IRONMAN Virtual Club platform

TAMPA, Fla. (April 19, 2020) – Four professional men capped off the third edition of the IRONMAN® VR™ Pro Challenge by taking to the virtual bike course and going head-to-head in a sprint distance race simulation. It was Jesper Svensson of Sweden victorious in a tight race.

Utilizing Official Virtual Cycling partner ROUVY’s augmented reality to race, the four professional men of Svensson, Igor Amorelli (BRA), Kyle Buckingham (ZAF), and Cody Beals (CAN) all conquered two laps on the 20km virtual bike course. Svensson completed the two laps of the sprint distance simulation in a time of 53:29 including the day’s fastest lap of 26:34 to take the win. Buckingham finished in second place with a time of 55:18 while Beals took third position with a time of 55:54. Amorelli rounded out the four just 12 seconds behind Beals, clocking a time of 56:06.

The full broadcast of the men’s IRONMAN VR3 Pro Challenge can be viewed, HERE.

Professional men’s results:

1. Jesper Svensson SWE 00:26:34 00:26:55 0:53:29
2. Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:27:23 00:27:55 0:55:18
3. Cody Beals CAN 00:28:01 00:27:53 0:55:54
4. Igor Amorelli BRA 00:27:31 00:28:35 0:56:06


In total, nearly 33,000 other athletes from more than 139 nations and all 50 states set out to participate in the IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series event, which began Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. GMT (2 p.m. ET). The race requires athletes to complete three segments, including a 1.5km Run, 20km Ride, then 5km Run by the race close this evening, Sunday, April 19 at 11:59 p.m. GMT (7:59 p.m. ET). Competitors can complete the segments in any order and are not required to do the segments consecutively. Athletes are able to compete anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Bringing the IRONMAN community together virtually, the IRONMAN® Virtual Club™ continues to grow and now has 75,000 members on the platform with thousands completing IRONMAN Virtual Club Challenges since its recent launch.

Athletes are able to compete anywhere, indoors or outdoors. IRONMAN VR3 leaderboard updates can be found by visiting the IRONMANVR Facebook Page.

Full details and specifics regarding the IRONMAN Virtual Club are available on www.ironmanvirtualclub.com. For questions about the IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series, athletes can email ironmanvr@ironman.com. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media related inquiries may be directed to press@ironman.com.


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The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 50+ countries. On March 26, 2020, Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) entered into an agreement to sell The IRONMAN Group to Advance; closing is anticipated in mid-2020. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.